Navy SEAL Chris Kyle arrives at final resting place

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle arrives at final resting place

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  • PHOTOS: Chris Kyle funeral procession

    PHOTOS: Chris Kyle funeral procession

    Tuesday, February 12 2013 5:10 PM EST2013-02-12 22:10:36 GMT
    Check out these photographs from the Chris Kyle funeral procession.  Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was laid to rest Tuesday at the Texas State Cemetery. 
    Check out these photographs from the Chris Kyle funeral procession.  Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was laid to rest Tuesday at the Texas State Cemetery.  His procession from Midlothian to Austin was witnessed by thousands.

Thousands of Central Texans lined I-35 Tuesday to welcome the family of a hero. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's body was brought to Austin today for his final burial at the Texas State Cemetery.

Tuesday morning the body of slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle along with an escort of police and veterans left his hometown of Midlothian.

The burial procession hit Jarrell just before 11 a.m. Central Texans were waiting with flags held high. Some stood on the shoulder with their hands on their hearts.

In Georgetown people lined the overpasses.

"I came to celebrate the life of a true American hero," said Roger Widdows, CW3 U.S. Army Retired.

"I'm a Navy veteran and I'm very proud of what he did," said Mark Melburn.

"I'm proud to be an American and proud to be here too," said Sue Melburn.

As the hearse passed, they heard this message from a speaker on one of the vehicles, "Georgetown, the Kyle family thanks you for your support. The family thanks you for your support."

The Georgetown Fire Department hung an American flag between two of their ladder trucks. The firefighters all held a steady salute.

In North Austin people pulled to the side of the road to show their support.

"He was just a great guy. He made a big difference in this world and I felt it was something to do as an American," said Jason Burr.

"People in this country need to realize that our freedom is not always free," said Kathy Weishuhn.

Workers hung flags from cranes. Two men stood in their bucket trucks.

"I had a father who was a soldier and he told us that no matter what, be proud of your country and be respectful of those who serve. That's why I'm out here," said Sylvia Trevino

As the procession made the final turn to the cemetery, thoughts turned to Kyle's family.

"We pray for peace and God's love and around you," said Kathy Weishuhn.

"Know that he will always be remembered. Texas and America want to thank you for giving him to us," said Sylvia Trevino.

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